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i kind of hate these guys. like really.
Universities in the United States rarely expel students for sexual assault, according to an investigation by the federal government. And in the 42 years since it began admitting women, Yale University has not been an exception.
Because of the way universities handle sexual misconduct, it is often the victim who drops out of school. In fact, a survey I conducted of female students transferring into Brown University in the early 1990s revealed that one of the top reasons women may transfer colleges is because they’ve been sexually assaulted on their campus.
What’s new here is that Yale received a 26-page Title IX complaint March 31, filed by 16 students and alumni, charging that its campus is a sexually hostile environment. The federal Department of Education has reportedly launched an investigation. One of the incidents the group described that was particularly offensive involved men who were pledging a fraternity; they gathered in a public spot on campus and started chanting, “No means yes, yes means anal.”
“I have seen some improvements in two decades time. In the 1980s, female students who disclosed a sexual assault to the dean’s office were sometimes told that their experiences sounded “like a little romance gone wrong.” During that era, students organized to protest what they saw as a hostile environment and through their activism, some important changes to campus sexual assault policies took place.”
What’s needed is primary prevention, but how best to do that is up for debate. In addition to peer education, one approach that does work is “bystander education,” an attempt to stop sexual violence by teaching all students — men and women — that they have a responsibility to step in and try to stop something they see that could lead to sexual assault. Many sexual assaults are preventable if people take the time to intervene.
Engaging campus leadership in these efforts is challenging. Simply put, sexual assault awareness campaigns are not good for university fundraising…
The campus is on high alert after accusations that the university has failed to eliminate a hostile sexual environment.